We believe an impartial judiciary is essential to the administration of justice. However, the current judicial system sets its own rules and laws for attorneys and judges under a self-regulated system that provides no consequence for actions which are in contravention to the rules and laws by which others are expected to abide. Subsequently, a small percentage of judicial officers and attorneys commit acts of misconduct, for which they suffer no penalty or redress.
We believe in promoting public awareness, through the news media, public forums, and within the halls of Congress. Therefore, we will use the website “Breached Justice” to publish stories of abuse experienced in the judicial system, to educate the public, and to promote judicial transparency. We believe the people can effect change and request the people’s support for the cause by signing our petition for change.
We believe it is important to abolish the confidentiality of complaints made against judicial officers and to have involvement of ordinary persons in attorney disciplinary matters. Our goal is to create procedures which will hold judges and attorneys accountable for their behavior by holding them responsible for their actions, and subject to consequences for abusive behavior and violations of the rules and laws which govern others’ behavior.
We seek to promote The Bell Transparency Act of 2011, a new Act which creates a civil cause of action for a “Finding” of misconduct of a Judge, provides for a jury trial, and allows a procedural stay of a case wherein a Judge is presiding and a complainant is a party .
We seek to publicly address and redefine self regulation within the judicial system.
The undersigned submit this Petition in support of judicial transparency and ask that you support the Bell Transparency Act of 2011. The Act provides for judicial review of the findings of the Judicial Conference in the form of a new cause of action for a Finding of Misconduct of a Judge, under Part 5 Chapter 16 of title 28, United States Code. Upon filing a Petition for a Finding of Misconduct of a Judge, Petitioner shall be granted the right to a jury trial.
No Judge whose conduct is the subject of an investigation under this chapter shall continue to serve as Judge on any case wherein the complainant is a party. All proceedings wherein the complainant is a party and the Judge whose conduct is the subject of an investigation under this chapter shall be stayed until a final order or civil determination has been made.
The Act can be found in its entirety here:
The The Bell Transparency Act of 2011 petition to United States Congress was written by Sue Bell and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.